When I moved from New York, I didn't want to lose my urban roots, so I automatically gravitated to a NY Style loft located in the Highlands area of Denver, CO. in a small neighborhood called LoHi. I just really appreciate an open-air floor plan with high ceilings, exposed duct work, and brick. A true city feel. The real estate in Highlands has been consistently appreciating since I moved to the neighborhood in 2009.
There was literally no retail when I moved here then. A run down Kung-Fu Studio was where one of the best bars in the world is now, Williams &Graham, a renowned speakeasy serving specialty cocktails in a prohibition-era atmosphere with a secret entrance and alley exit.
The multi-family developers have landed here in a huge way. Dickinson Plaza on 32nd Avenue, which housed the Laughing Latte Coffee Shop, Fat Jacks's Super Subs, and 420 Friendly Pizza joint Mary Jane's, are gone. The cranes are up, The Plaza is dust and a five story apartment building is going up.
There is not a parcel in Highlands that is available it seems, as developers are literally tearing down city blocks, replacing them with multi-family apartment buildings, retail on the 1st level, and cashing in on the #1 economy in the Nation. This is great in my opinion for the neighborhood, in that Denver is truly becoming a Metropolis, with the walkability in this neighborhood a 100%
In closing, there is much more I left out for you to explore yourself. This is a thriving neighborhood that is spilling out into other neighborhoods as well, in terms of having small business, amazing food and drink, all within walking distance of where you live. Other neighborhoods outside of LoHi that offer the same vibe and feel are Sloan's Lake, Sunnyside, Berkeley, Tennyson, Globeville, and RINO. All within 5 minutes of LOHI which is zip code 80211.
If you do decide to move to Colorado, and want to see how much home you can afford, or would like to see exactly what you can qualify for you, you can click here to find out.
Looking for a Realtor in this area? Ming-Ming Griffin is a preferred realtor in LoHi.